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A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

Anime Review: Nobunagun (2014)

May 24th, 2014


Although I’ve been an anime fan for most of my life and more than the last 40 years, I’ve been having problems finding good shows of late because, honestly, Japan doesn’t produce things for me anymore. My real love of anime started with Mobile Suit Gundam and the years that followed were awash with hard science fiction and giant robots.  Today, that genre is largely dead and most of the sci-fi they make is just an excuse for fan service and other nonsense.

Once in a while though, I see a sci-fi series go by that seems like it might be worth a look and this time out, it’s Nobunagun.  Here’s my take on it.

That’s Not a Knife…

November 4th, 2013


There’s been this “thing” in anime in recent years where shonen heroes carry around absurdly large swords, much larger  than they could possibly carry or swing.  I’ve never thought it was a particularly interesting thing, in fact it strikes me as completely ridiculous, but then I think of the wise words of Crocodile Dundee, who said “That’s not a knife, *THIS* is a knife!”

Okay guys, that’s not a sword, *THIS* is a sword!

It comes from Reideen, which was a 2007 remake of the original 1975 Brave Raideen series, made by Production I.G and directed by Mitsuru Hongo.  It’s actually a pretty good series, about a boy named Saiga whose long-lost archaeologist father’s remains have been discovered.  When a meteor crashes to Earth carrying mysterious alien robots intent on invading the planet, a bracelet that Saiga’s father discovered in his digs becomes attached to Saiga and that links him to a giant robot, buried deep beneath an ancient pyramidal mountain in Japan, making him Japan’s only chance to repulse the alien threat.

This particular cut comes from the final episode of the series and proves two things.  First, it’s not really possible to have a sword that is too big and secondly, that there is a solution to fallout.  This is not subtitled but it really doesn’t matter.  If you want to get right to the action, it starts about 2 minutes in.  Hope you enjoy it as an exercise in ludicrous overkill.

Review: Gatchaman Crowds (2013)

October 25th, 2013

Gatchaman CrowdsWhen I first heard about Gatchaman Crowds, I had no idea what to expect.  Certainly, the word “Gatchaman” evokes thoughts of the classic 1972 Tatsunoko series Space Ninja Team Gatchaman, brought to the U.S. variously as Battle of the Planets and G-Force, but from the earliest reports I heard, it had nothing to do with that.  It was only 12 episodes so I figured I’d give it a shot and I must say, the earliest reports were wrong.

Those Old Anime Memories

August 7th, 2013

rx-78-2I’ve spent the last couple of weeks clearing out my mother’s house in preparation for her upcoming move and I’ve come across things I left there by accident more than 20 years ago, things that are bringing back a lot of anime memories.

See, back in my youth, I was a massive anime fan.  I had one of the largest anime collections in the country, back in the days when everything was in Japanese with no subs or dubs, and you either had to learn Japanese (as I did) or try to guess what was going on.  I also ran one of the biggest independent anime fan clubs around.  I had a pretty decent sized Japanese-language manga collection back in the day, which I found at least some of, as well as long runs of 80s-era anime magazines like Animage, Animedia and New Type.  It’s been kind of a kick to look through so I thought I’d throw up some scans of a representative sample of what I have and see if it sparks your memories too.

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